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“Greatest Little Rx Museum!”

Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Ouray
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This was a great find that was totally unexpected. I overheard two pharmacists say that they came to Ouray specifically to see the museum and this peaked my interest as an individual who has retired after working for years for a large pharmaceutical company. The museum "curator" and owner has a wealth of historical knowledge and is a collector of rare and interesting paraphernalia related to pharmaceuticals. He collects items from around the world, but focuses primarily in historical items from Colorado mining towns such as Aspen, Ouray and Silverton. He has a myriad of interesting stories to relate to visitors. This is a tour that you won't soon forget, even if you don't know a thing about prescriptions! Highly recommended.

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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This museum is at the back of the pharmacy the man owns and runs. If you want to see the museum, there is a $5.00 entrance fee for each person. He then closes the shop and opens the museum door for you to enter. He collection is very nice, but $5.00 a person was a bit much. I'm sure he had stories to tell, but out of the group of four adults, I was the only one willing to pay. I did not get the stories because he was trying to run the shop at the same time. I spent maybe 20-25 minutes in the room looking around.

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Reviewed August 15, 2013

If you enjoy history, you'll absolutely love this museum. It's right on Main Street in Ouray, you have to look hard to see the sign. So much great history, and the personal tour by the owner, who used to be pharmacist, really helped the exhibits become alive. I loved learning some of the history about pharmacy's and pharmacists, how skilled they were, the books that held all of the prescriptions, the lack of regulation until the early 1900's which changed due to Teddy Roosevelt. The front part of the building is a store, and he shuts it down when he is giving the tour, it's definitely a hidden gem to put on your travel list. You may want to call in advance to schedule a tour, as the owner's personal touch makes the tour.

Thank Kathy T
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OurayAlchemist, Owner at Ouray Alchemist Museum, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2013

Thank you for your review, Curt

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Reviewed August 12, 2013

A retired pharmacist built this museum to showcase his collection of early pharmacy related items. He personally will give you a tour and explain the significance of these items. This museum isn't for everyone but I found it to be a good way to spend about an hour on a rainy day.

Thank KathyJ518
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The museum itself was closed, however, the building and business were open and are just gorgeous. The owner/Alchemist was in and he shared some cool stories and information. Definitely a don't miss!!

Thank Kim K
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